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President signs unpopular healthcare bill into law

March 24, 2010

About 200 Democratic members of Congress jammed into the East Room of the White House Tuesday and cheered President Obama as he signed the landmark bill into law.   CBS News Chip Reid has the story.

Illinois Farm Bureau opposed the bill.    On the day the bill was passed, a Rasmussen poll showed just 41 percent of Americans supported the measure.

March 19, 2010

Dear Representative,

Affordable, accessible, quality health care is vitally important to rural Illinois residents. 

While Illinois Farm Bureau supports efforts to both improve health care delivery and foster health care competition, we cannot support the health care bill before the U.S. House of Representatives. We urge you to oppose H.R. 4872, the Healthcare and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Our members have followed the health care debate of the past several months closely and they oppose the creation of a government-operated health insurance program which mandates employer-provided health insurance.  Tax incentives in the proposal designed to help individuals and small employers pay for coverage are inadequate and temporary and their limited application will not adequately compensate employers for higher health care expenses.

Illinois Farm Bureau believes that health care is primarily the responsibility of the individual and supports private market-based reforms.   We urge you to return to the drawing board and develop policies that foster private insurance competition by allowing consumers to purchase coverage across state lines.   We urge you to enact tort reform policies that eliminate the need for costly defensive medical procedures that drive up the cost of healthcare for all of us.

There is no question that America needs to find a way to drive down health care costs and improve quality and accessibility without burdening taxpayers or creating an enormous bureaucracy.  We can do better than H.R. 4872.   



Philip Nelson


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